I love chocolate chip cookies. That is not hard. What is hard is smelling them baking and waiting. It is like going to Grandma’s house back in time with the smell leaking out of the oven. When can I have some?

When do we get presents?

The first three chapters of Matthew are all about the King. We are invited to see the King. The King had arrived but when are we going to see Him be King. It is like when Christmas comes. We all want to know when do we get presents? Can I open presents now? You want to see what is inside the wrapping. How do you think Joseph and Mary felt watching Jesus grow up in their home?

Matthew 4:17 (NIV) 17 From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” Jesus doesn’t do something for the people. He invites them to do something. He invites us to come to His kingdom from ours. What does it mean to repent? It means to turn around or to change your thinking; to stop thinking of yourself and be a part of God’s kingdom. 

Today is Saturday. Take some time to consider what changes you should make. Are there things you need to get out of the way, things that are keeping you from following Jesus? What would it mean to support and live for Him? What would be fun and exciting about that idea?

PRAYER: Lord, help me to repent and follow You. I want to see Your kingdom in my home, work, school, and life. Amen.